State govts’ foray into airline business

States, such as Anambra, Bayelsa, Delta, Lagos, Kebbi, Jigawa, Taraba, Gombe, Osun, Yobe, Ebonyi, Ekiti, Zamfara and Ogun, have invested huge resources in developing airport terminals. Akwa Ibom and Cross River states have gone further by setting carriers, Ibom Air and Cally Air, to open up their corridors for tourism, trade and investment, writes KELVIN OSA-OKUNBOR

Investment in critical air transport infrastructure is gaining traction among state governments in Nigeria. Reason: They are realising the significance of air transportation as a catalyst of socio-economic development.

Though experts have expressed reservations on the proliferation of airport terminals across the country, such concerns have not deterred many state governments from constructing airports in their domains.

Besides the over 20 airports built by the Federal Government and managed by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) in Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Calabar, Kaduna,…

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